When selecting a dog shampoo, try to avoid shampoos that are too heavy on the perfume. This will not only encourage your dog to try to roll the scent off his body, but it often leaves him oily in an unnatural way.
How often should I bathe my dog isn’t the same as how often do I want to bathe my dog? If I slipped my dog into the shower or ran him a bath every time I thought he smelled, well, like a dog, then he would be the squeakiest cleanest puppy on the planet.
When you brush your pet, use a coat conditioner, detangler, or even a small mist of water to slightly wet down the coat first, before beginning to brush. Adding moisture to the coat before brushing will reduce friction and help to reduce static shocks during the grooming process.
Regular brushing is an important part of dog ownership that will keep your dog looking and feeling his best, while also promoting a strong bond between you. How often you should brush your pet may vary- but the positive outcome never will.
While some might think the answer is as simple as “when they get too long”, there really is a little more to it than that. In ideal conditions, you wouldn’t have to trim the dog’s nail at all (except for the dew claw). That is because if given proper exercise under the right conditions, the nails would naturally be kept to a perfect length.
The importance of grooming a dog can seriously not be stressed enough. Unkempt dogs are more prone to pick up little parasitic friends like fleas, ticks, and worms.
Brushing a dog’s teeth is vital to his health. Neglect of the teeth can lead to disease, tooth loss, dead teeth, and mouth pain.
Short hair dogs, like Labradors, may only need a complete grooming once or twice a year. In between spa days, routine bathing at home may be all these need to stay clean and hygienic.
The earliest symptom of gingivitis and periodontal disease in dogs is bad breath, known as halitosis. As the disease progresses, so does the severity of symptoms, and affected dogs may begin to avoid chewing hard foods, have excessive drooling, or stop eating due to the pain of their dental problems.
Each breed of dog has different grooming requirements. Some will require regular grooming at home – some on a daily basis – while some require much less care. The only way to know the best grooming routine for you dog is to talk to a professional groomer. Find a quality groomer soon. Your pet will thank you for it!
Coping with a shedding dog usually requires a lifelong commitment, and a multifaceted approach to caring for your dog, as well as easy access to the vacuum cleaner and lint roller.
Never use human nail trimmers on any size of dog- they are not strong enough for the job, and instead of cutting the nail they will crush it, causing pain and instantly creating a bad experience for you and your dog.
While you don’t have to run out to the most expensive bulldog barber in town, a good trim can be well worth the dough. Drop the extra money on a good trim once or twice a year.
Not grooming your dog’s nails can lead to many health problems for your dog. One of the most common problems is the nail splitting or tearing. If a nail is left to grow too long a dog can snag it on debris or flooring and rip it right off. This means a lot of pain for your pampered pooch and it also means a high vet bill for you.
Dogs with a normal eye similar to what you see in their wild cousins tend to tear less and without the typical build up of stains. Brachiocephalic breeds (breeds with a shortened muzzle and protuberant eyes), however, tend to ‘tear’ more then breeds without this genetic trait.
When it comes to taking care of your pet, grooming can be as simple as a loving as your pet . . . and sooner or later, just like the love you share, grooming will come more naturally every day.
Caring for your Dog
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